Makeup Artistry

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Train to become a professional makeup artist at the HDC, and develop the practical and real-life skills you need to enjoy the benefits of a fast-paced, exciting, creative career!

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Express Your Creativity as a Makeup Artist

Professional makeup artistry can be a fun, challenging career, filled with endless opportunities for creative expression. At the HDC, we offer a comprehensive Makeup Artistry Program that will provide you with a solid foundation to pursue a career in this field as a qualified, professional Makeup Artist. Your diploma will open countless doors, and enable you to enjoy the fun and flexibility of working in an artistic and experimental industry. Plus, you’ll be able to help your clients look and feel amazing for the special occasions that help them build treasured memories.

Designed and taught by industry experts to ensure you learn and develop the skills necessary for all aspects of professional makeup artistry, this part-time course takes place over approximately 300 hours in 15 weeks. The HDC’s Makeup Artistry Program places the emphasis on beauty makeup, enabling students to develop a deep skill set in creating everyday and special occasion looks for clients. Throughout the course, students will learn the basics of application techniques and how to identify the right products for clients based on their skin types.

To round out this foundation, students will develop a variety of specialty and advanced techniques. Course material includes specialized approaches for photography and film, and requirements for high definition productions. Graduates will gain the professional skills required for location work like photoshoots, client consultations, and volunteer work.

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Makeup Topics Covered:

  • Natural and bridal makeup
  • Glam and dramatic makeup
  • Special effects
  • Avant Garde makeup
  • High fashion makeup
  • Makeup for runway, film and TV
  • Men’s makeup
  • Mature makeup
  • Teen makeup
  • Drag makeup
  • Intro to camouflage and airbrush makeup
  • Corrective techniques
  • Contouring and highlighting techniques
  • Brow techniques and mapping
  • Lash techniques
  • Advanced makeup techniques
  • Facial anatomy
  • Colour theory
  • History of makeup
  • Sanitation and infection control
  • Specialty guest speakers

Advance Your Career in Makeup Artistry

Beyond the practical application, you will be educated in infection control, facial anatomy, colour theory, client consultation, and the business of makeup artistry. This knowledge, combined with your newly-developed skill set, will define you as a professional makeup artist helping you transform your passion and talent into your career. Many of our graduates have found careers in the bridal and special event industries, as well at makeup boutiques, salons and spas. Some of our graduates have successfully won opportunities to work on stage, runway, television, film, music and video, or photography in the fashion, portraiture, promotional and advertising industries.

Once you’ve successfully completed the course requirements, you will be well on your way to becoming a licensed makeup artist. Makeup artistry is legislated as a licensed trade within Nova Scotia, and requires practitioners to complete an exam for The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia. All local makeup artists will need documentation in order to work and only license holders are able to work on a film, television or theatre sets.

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“I have been a stylist for 22 years. I went to HDC in September 1993 and returned to become a makeup artist May 2015. Without the HDC I wouldn’t be the stylist I am!”

Angeline Price

Enroll in the Makeup Artistry Program

The Makeup Artistry Program is offered three times a year, in January, May and August. Classes are designed for small groups to ensure students thrive, so it’s important to submit your application early.

Upcoming Start Dates

April 2022
September 2022
January 2023
September 2023

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Tuition and Fees for the Makeup Artistry Program

Course Tuition: $3,050

Student Tool Kit: $2050

Total: $5100

The tuition and fees outlined above cover the costs for the Makeup Artistry Program, ensuring that you have the tools and resources required to develop your skills.Tuition and kit costs are subject to change without notice.

Your tuition includes:

  • A professional MAC Kit with all the makeup and tools necessary to start your career
  • Milady Standard Makeup Text
  • An individual professional photo shoot and two 8”×12” portfolio pictures to begin your professional make up portfolio
  • Student License from the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
  • Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia Exam Fee

Start your career off on a high note—study Makeup Artistry at the HDC, and get the knowledge and practical skills you need to create a thriving career from the start.

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